NBC Sports’ Bob Costas Says Players Kneeling is Patriotic: ‘Patriotism Comes In Many Forms’ (VIDEO)
This may be the most accurate statement made since the national anthem protest kicked off over a year ago.
Just recently, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas went on CNN and he was asked about the many players that have been kneeling in protest during the national anthem. He was also asked about President Trump’s comments during a rally in Alabama on Friday, where called for those ‘sons of bitches’ who kneel to be fired by their owners for disrespecting the American Flag.
Costas fired right back at him and all of the people that have forgotten what Patriotism actually is and how it comes in many different forms.
Transcribed Via Deadline.com:
Sports, patriotism and the flag have been so “conflated” that people can’t separate out any nuance, Costas said. “If you go to see Hamilton, which is about the founding of the republic, no one says, ‘Wait a minute! Don’t raise the curtain until we hear the national anthem.’”
But it’s de rigueur in sports, which Costas said is sometimes moving and sometimes cynical, “because wrapping yourself in the flag, and honoring the military, is something which no one is going to object to. What it has come to mean is that the flag is primarily and only about the military?” Costas argued.
“This is no disrespect to the military,” he insisted about those NFL players who are kneeling during the national anthem. “Martin Luther King was a patriot; Susan B. Anthony was a patriot. Dissidents are patriots.”
Patriotism, Costas complained, has been turned into a “bumper-sticker kind of flag-waving” about the military only.
Bob Costas NAILED it…. Patriotism comes in many forms! pic.twitter.com/atjn9gpnws
— TotalProSports (@TotalProSports) September 25, 2017